As November approaches, participants of the ARC 2019 start preparations for the transatlantic crossing. More than just a sailing event, the ARC is world renowned for its community spirit bringing together common sailing interest. Not only are friendships developed during the 2 weeks of pre-departure activities, but also at sea over the radio as the 1,200 participants support fellow sailors along the way.
This year participants can look forward to seeing some familiar faces from Peters & May as the official logistics partner to the regatta. Richard Howatt, UK Marine Sales Manager and Jesper Jensen Sales Manager for Scandinavia; head out to Las Palmas later this month to partake in pre-event activities. As well as joining the fun with some interesting fancy dress costumes; Richard and Jesper will be on hand to talk to participants about logistics requirements. Whether in relation to post ARC sailings or involving questions around future yacht transportation, the team look forward to speaking to participants.
Richard and Jesper will host a presentation ‘Returning to Europe’ on Wednesday 21st November (11am) at the Club Metropole in Las Palmas. During the presentation they will explain the shipping process and answer questions. Following this, participants are invited to grab a drink at the Peters & May sponsored Sundowner Drinks between 1.30 – 8pm.
Peters & May’s mast up sailings back from the Caribbean at the end of the ARC prove popular year on year. Last year saw a record breaking 52 yachts loaded on one vessel in Antigua bound for Southampton. Richard Howatt commented “The increased popularity of these seasonal sailings with clients leaving the Caribbean at the end of the season means that we are able to make use of economies of scale on our charter vessels. With 52 yachts on board, clients split all fees meaning the cost per yacht is reduced enabling us to provide cost effective yacht transport. Offering reduced wear and tear, fuel and skipper costs many clients are choosing to ship their yachts back to Europe following the Caribbean season”.
Peters & May’s work for the ARC started months ago as our freight forwarding division arranged for the shipment of 30 cartons out to Las Palmas, Grand Canaria. Now the real fun begins as the 200 boats participating set off on 24th November, ready to take on the 2700 Nm Atlantic crossing from Las Palmas in Grand Canaria to St Lucia in the Caribbean. Those opting to add some extra mileage participating in the ARC plus will leave Las Palmas on the 10th November, stopping at Cape Verde or St Vincent before St Lucia.